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Handbag auction to benefit new book program

By Joni Averill

Anyone who loves handbags or purses and wants to help improve the lives of others is invited to attend the Hopes and Promises handbag and purse silent auction to benefit the new Book Angels Program of StepUP!

Sponsored by StepUP! Residential Services, Literacy Volunteers of Bangor and St. James Episcopal Church, the event will be 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at the host Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church, 44 Kennebec Road in Hampden.

According to information provided by Paula Baines, St. James outreach team leader, and Michelle Hamlin, StepUP! program coordinator, proceeds benefit Book Angels, a partnership of the sponsoring organizations to “create a resource library” at StepUP! a short-term, residential facility in Bangor for pregnant and parenting women and their children.

The fundraiser also features a “buy it now” table with prices ranging from $3 to $10, free refreshments, and a goodwill donation basket at the door.

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What a delightfully free, fun and healthy event this is.

On behalf of Frankfort Elementary School, Alice Redmond e-mailed that the school’s “25th Annual Back to Nature Run” will be at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, covering 1.2 miles “on the nature trail, which is located behind the school.”

Participants include pupils in grades four and five, with pupils in kindergarten through grade three cheering the runners on, Redmond wrote.

Initiated in 1985 by teacher Vance Brown, “the success of this race lies with all the students who have run the trail, and to the volunteers who help each year,” Redmond said, adding that FES alumni are welcome to participate.

For information, call the school at 223-5723.


Dorothy Alling and members of the Searsport Historical Society invite you to visit five historic private homes, 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, “from the East Main Street neighborhood area of Searsport along Route 1.”

Tickets are $10 and are available at Searsport Antique Mall, the Left Bank Bookstore and at each home.

The Murphy Home, first on the tour, “is directly across from the Searsport Antique Mall,” Alling wrote.

The homes range from a 200-year-old Cape to an 1800s Victorian mansion, and are all within walking distance.

Alling also reminds you that after the tour, “there will still be time to have dinner at one of Searsport’s fine restaurants.”


Melissa Glenn of Good Shepherd Food-Bank reports that GSFB and its “national partner, Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network,” are working “with Macy’s to help raise awareness” of the issue of hunger “and to provide support to food banks across the country.”

Macy’s will hold an in-store and online Shop for a Cause charity shopping day Saturday, Oct. 17. The event last year raised more than $9.5 million.

Now through Friday, Oct. 16, you can purchase $5 Shop for a Cause passes with “all proceeds” helping “Mainers in need,” Glenn wrote.

Passes include coupons for 25 percent off one item, 20 percent off all purchases on Oct. 17, and a registration form for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree.

The coupon can be used in-store or online.

For information, call Glenn, 782-3554, ext. 107, or e-mail


Lori Barbee e-mailed that the Cherryfield Academy Fundraising Committee will hold its annual Harvest Festival at noon, Saturday, Oct. 17, at Cherryfield Academy.

The fundraiser features a luncheon, silent auction, cookie walk and, at 2 p.m., entertainment by The Beecher Boys ’n Girls Hillbilly Band and Cloggers.

Admission for the band performance is by donation, and proceeds from all events benefit the Cherryfield Academy Restoration Fund.

Barbee wrote that it will be “an afternoon of fun and laughs. Don’t miss it.”

For information, call her at 546-2075.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402;; 990-8288.

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